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William McKnight

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I will periodically be sharing my thoughts and observations on information management here in the blog. I am passionate about the effective creation, management and distribution of information for the benefit of company goals, and I'm thrilled to be a part of my clients' growth plans and connect what the industry provides to those goals. I have played many roles, but the perspective I come from is benefit to the end client. I hope the entries can be of some modest benefit to that goal. Please share your thoughts and input to the topics.

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William is the president of McKnight Consulting Group, a firm focused on delivering business value and solving business challenges utilizing proven, streamlined approaches in data warehousing, master data management and business intelligence, all with a focus on data quality and scalable architectures. William functions as strategist, information architect and program manager for complex, high-volume, full life-cycle implementations worldwide. William is a Southwest Entrepreneur of the Year finalist, a frequent best-practices judge, has authored hundreds of articles and white papers, and given hundreds of international keynotes and public seminars. His team's implementations from both IT and consultant positions have won Best Practices awards. He is a former IT Vice President of a Fortune company, a former software engineer, and holds an MBA. William is author of the book 90 Days to Success in Consulting. Contact William at

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According to Research and Markets, the EAI market is expected to grow from $2.4B in 2004 to $8.2B in 2011.

Sun has recently completed its purchase of EAI vendor SeeBeyond. (Link)

EAI, or virtual data integration with service oriented architectures, is a natural evolution of business intelligence. It's BI without a separate instantiation of the data, as in a data warehouse.

Various trends will drive EAI over time such as the homogenization of the operational environment with ERPs and the maturation of SOA and EAI software. Current EAI capabilities do not include robust queries with performance - such as typically found today against data warehouses.

Clearly today, we need the data warehouse, even as a centerpiece of many IT environments. Let's keep an eye on the EAI tipping points however.

Posted August 30, 2005 7:06 PM
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Hello ..
I am a software engineer, Iam a JAVA developer. I don't know regarding an EAI..I am planning to learn that .. just to confirm how the market and how the boom will be there for EAI..

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